Hello and welcome to this weekend's new Quiz. Today it is about something very close to our hearts: communicating in a foreign language by using your Smartphone, but without having to learn the language first. Is this possible?
Well, a Japanese mobile phone operator has developed some technology which brings this idea a step closer. Listen to Neil and Jen discussing this question. Read the questions first before you listen. Here is the official question:
1. How many languages are there in the world? Is it:
a) about 100; b) about 1,000: c) about 6,000
Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.
2. A device has been developed in Japan which could save language learners ____ ____ ____ of study. [3 words]
3. How does the Google voice translator work according to Richard Taylor? It .......... [complete the sentence with the information you hear.]
4. What's the difference between the Google translator and the Japanese technology? The Japanese system ......... [complete the sentence with the information you hear.]
5. (The Big Question) How accurate is the translation? Is it exact? The Japanese translator says it is ________, but not _______. [two words]
6. Does Jen think these new technologies will put an end to language learning? She says .......... [complete the sentence with the information you hear.]
7. Jen thinks that speaking a foreign language is one of ______ _______ _______. [three words]
Now listen to the programme. When you have finished use either the Tag Board (see right) or the Comments to give us your answers.
And I hope as many people as possible can take part in this week's Quiz! I will have more for you very soon.
Have a good weekend! Yours,